601 Dogwood Avenue, Grottoes, VA 24441
P.O. Box 146, Grottoes, VA 24441
540.249.5896 :: Contact Information
Shelter reservations may be made by contacting our Tourism & Park Director, Ashley Collier, at (540) 249-5705 or in person at the Stone Lodge at Grand Caverns Park.
Grottoes is an incorporated town in Augusta and Rockingham counties in Virginia. The Rockingham County portion of Grottoes is part of the Harrisonburg Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the small portion that extends into Augusta County is part of the Staunton–Waynesboro Micropolitan Statistical Area. Only a small amount of the town's approximate 3,000 residents reside in Augusta County.
Grand Caverns was discovered in 1804 by Bernard (Barnette) Weyer while trying to retrieve one of his hunting traps. Weyer's Cave opened for tours in 1806, making Grand Caverns the oldest continually operating show cave in the United States. The caverns were also called the Grottoes of the Shenandoah until the name was changed to Grand Caverns in 1926. Grand Caverns was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1973.
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Settlement of the area which is now Grottoes likely occurred around 1735. A grant of sixty thousand acres on the Shenandoah River, where the Augusta County/Rockingham County line is currently located, was made to John Thomas, John Taylor and William Beverly.
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Town Offices are located at:601 Dogwood Avenue; PO Box 146; Grottoes, VA 24441